Choosing a Kitchen Layout

small kitchen layout Choosing a Kitchen Layout
Different websites will recommend the “best” kitchen layout for you, whether it’s the L-shaped, the U-shaped, or galley style kitchen. Yes, it’s important to keep the basic kitchen triangle in mind, but more modern kitchens have additional appliances, larger square footage and need multiple workstations for more than one cook, which disrupts the basic triangle mentality.


This website outlines the different kitchen shape options and gives you some guidelines for deciding which layout will actually work for you. Do you need to be able to see the kids in the backyard when you’re doing the dishes? Or do you prefer to watch the TV in the living room from your seat at the counter? Research new alternatives so you’re happy with the final product.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Eric Chavez

    I like this kitchen. Looks like marble tops and the range is sleek.

  • http://yougiveloveabad.name JC

    My kitchen is awful. It’s 10′ x 13’6″ with an exit door to the back yard, an small exit ‘hall’ to the former butler’s pantry (now 3/4 bath) and dining room, an exit to a tiny mudroom between the kitchen and foyer and basement stairs, and an exit with stairs leading to the second floor. There’s also a good sized window between the stairs and the outside exit, and an island between the outside exit and the butler’s pantry. I think if the island was gone or at least smaller, it might feel less cramped (not to mention it blocks out the whole “kitchen triangle” concept). I’m not much of a cook anyway, so I don’t use it all that much, but aside from the tiny 3/4 bath that used to be the butler’s pantry, it’s the worst room in an otherwise lovely house, and short of extending the house farther back, I can’t imagine how to fix it.